Rio Tinto extends accommodation contract with Fleetwood

Image: Fleetwood Australia

Fleetwood Australia has received a one-year contract extension from Rio Tinto at Karratha in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto exercised its option to extend an agreement with Fleetwood at the 1500-capacity Searipple Village to the end of next year.

Fleetwood first entered into an agreement with Rio Tinto in 2012 when it was appointed the preferred third-party accommodation provider for all Rio’s fly-in fly-out (FIFO) personnel in Dampier and Karratha, excluding VIPs.

Fleetwood’s short-term housing for operational and construction workers Searipple Village was chosen to accommodate Rio’s workforce of more than 650 at the time.

The ASX-listed construction company then undertook $14 million worth of upgrades following the contract award, including refurbished catering and recreational facilities at Searipple.

Searipple Village pool. Image: Fleetwood Australia

 

Rio runs a salt operation in the region, Dampier Salt, which is one of the world’s largest of seaborne salt with a production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes per year.

Dampier and Karratha are also neighbouring towns of the Pilbara, where Rio Tinto has expansive mining operations.

To keep up to date with Australian Mining, subscribe to our free email newsletters delivered straight to your inbox. Click here.